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Moscow on Wednesday upped the ante against the Islamic State by firing several rounds of missiles from its submarine for the first time.
Russia’s latest strikes hit “300 targets of different kinds” in the past three days and has helped Syrian special forces recover the black box of the Russian warplane downed by Turkey last month, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
“We used Calibre cruise missiles from the (Kilo-class) Rostov-on-Don submarine from the Mediterranean Sea,” Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin during an encounter broadcast on state television. “As a result of the successful launches by the aviation and submarine fleet, all targets were destroyed,” Shoigu said, adding that oil infrastructure, ammunition depots and a mine-making factory had been hit in the strikes.
Russian jets, during the last three months, have conducted thousands of airstrikes in Syria claiming to have destroyed nearly 7,300 Islamic State militants and other targets.